2007 Research team in Kiangurwe, Kenya


  • Judiciary: this part of my research agenda focuses on the impact of institutions, and in particular the judiciary, on growth

Chemin, M.. (2018). “Judicial Efficiency and Firm Productivity: Evidence from a World Database of Judicial Reforms”, Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming.

Chemin, M. (2012). “Does the Quality of the Judiciary Shape Economic Activity? Evidence from a Judicial Reform in India”, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 28 (3): 460-485.

Chemin, M. (2011). “The Welfare Effects of Criminal Politicians: A Discontinuity-Based Approach”, Journal of Law and Economics 55(3): 667-690.

Chemin, M. (2009). “The Impact of the Judiciary on Entrepreneurship: Evaluation of Pakistan's Access to Justice Programme”, Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 93(1-2): 114-125.

Chemin, M. (2009). “Do Judiciaries Matter for Development? Evidence from India”, Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 37(2): 230-250.

Chemin, M. (2010). “Entrepreneurship in Pakistan: Government Policy on SMEs, Environment for Entrepreneurship, Internationalisation of Entrepreneurs and SMEs”, International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Vol. 5(3): 238-247.


  • Kenya: this part focuses on the impact of other conditions (infrastructure, insurance markets, credit markets) on development, and is largely inspired by fieldwork in Kenya


“The impact of rural electrification on poverty: evidence from a randomized experiment in Kenya”, with Joost de Laat.

Chemin, M. (2017). “Informal Groups and Health Insurance Take-up Evidence from a Field Experiment”, World Development, forthcoming.

Archambault, C., Chemin, M., and J. de Laat. (2016). “Can Peers Increase the Voluntary Contributions in Community Driven Projects? Evidence from a Field Experiment”, forthcoming at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (132A): 62-77

Chemin, M. (2012). “Providing Health Insurance for the Poor: Evidence from Field Experiments in a Rural Community in Kenya”, forthcoming, Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)-Africa Initiative Policy Brief Series.

Chemin, M., and J. de Laat. (2012). “Can Warm Glow Alleviate Credit Market Failures? Evidence from Online Peer-to-Peer Lenders”, Economic Development and Cultural Change 61 (4): 825-858.

Haushofer, J. , and M. Chemin (2016) “The Impact of Health Insurance vs. Unconditional Cash Transfer on Socio-Economic and Neurobiological Welfare Measures of the Poor: Evidence from Randomized Experiments in the Slums of Nairobi”.


  • Impact evaluation of public policies


Behrens, K., and M. Chemin, M. (2018), “Confidential Peer Review and Effort in Teams: Evidence from a Field Experiment”, Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Human Resources.

Chemin, M, and N. Sayour (2016). “ The effects of a change in the point system on immigration: evidence from the 2001 Quebec reform”, Journal of Population Economics 29: 1217

Chemin, M. and E. Wasmer. (2009). “Using Alsace-Moselle Local Laws to Build a Difference-in-Differences Estimation Strategy of the Employment Effects of the 35-hour Workweek Regulation in France”, Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 27(4): 487–524.

Do files

Chemin, M. and E. Wasmer. (2008). “Regional Difference-in-Differences in France using the German Annexation of Alsace-Moselle in 1870-1918”, NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2008, edited by Jeffrey Frankel and Christopher Pissarides.

Chemin, M., and E. Wasmer. (2011). “Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Evaluation of the 1989 French Welfare Reform using a Natural Experiment: The 1908 Social Laws in Alsace-Moselle”.

Chemin, M. and E. Wasmer, (2008), “The impact of sick leave laws on absenteeism and job satisfaction: evidence from Alsace Moselle”, with Etienne Wasmer.

Chemin, M. (2008). “The Benefits and Costs of Microfinance: Evidence from Bangladesh”, Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 44(4): 463-484.

Chemin, M. (2012). “Response to 'High Noon for Microfinance Impact Evaluations'”, forthcoming, Journal of Development Studies. Web appendix